Award-winning poet to read works at NWC

Award-winning poet Daniel Scott Tysdal will read from a selection of his work during Northwestern College’s Deep Song Reading Series on Tuesday, Feb. 18, at 7 p.m. The reading will take place in the Te Paske Gallery of the Korver Visual Arts Center. The event is free and open to the public.

Tysdal has penned two books of poetry, “The Mourner’s Book of Albums” and “Predicting the Next Big Advertising Breakthrough Using a Potentially Dangerous Method,” which earned him the 2007 ReLit Award for Poetry, the 2006 Anne Szumigalski Poetry Award and the 2005 John V. Hicks Award. Tysdal’s creative writing textbook, “The Writing Moment: A Practical Guide to Creating Poems,” was published by Oxford University Press in 2013.

A lecturer in English at the University of Toronto Scarborough, Tysdal teaches academic courses on poetry and short stories, as well as creative writing courses in poetry and fiction. “Daniel is both an innovative teacher of creative writing and a dynamic poet who believes poetry has an audience beyond the walls of the academy,” says Sam Martin, assistant professor of English at Northwestern.  “In all of his poetry, Daniel seeks to understand and to make meaning—to humanize the often inhumane. He is also very funny!”

Tysdal will also visit Martin’s literature context and reading/writing poetry courses while on campus.

The Deep Song Reading Series is hosted by Northwestern’s English department for the purpose of allowing students and community members the opportunity to listen to new and emerging authors speak about their works and share some of their experiences in writing.